Calendar of Events

What’s Happening in the Ozarks

 If you have an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to [email protected] Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the schedule event.

Northwest Arkansas

Feb. 2-4: The Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Home Show 2024, Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a..-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Rogers Convention Center, 3303 S. Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers. An exhibition of the NWA Home Builders Association for home building and remodeling. From landscaping ideas to home remodeling and everything in between.  

Feb. 4: Radiant Moms Retreat at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 2-5 p.m., 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s permanent collection spans five centuries of American art by Rockwell, O’Keeffe, Lichtenstein and others. You can also visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachmann-Wilson House, Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome or tour the extensive museum grounds. 

Feb. 8: Adult Night at Scott Family Amazeum, 6-8 p.m., 1009 Museum Way, Bentonville. Pre-registration and payment required. $30 for Amazeum members, $35 for non-members. Ages 21–up. Embark on a journey through size and scale with a unique Amazeum twist, featuring larger-than-life experiences, like giant Bernoulli, tiny drawings that pack a big punch, life-size kerplunk for a colossal showdown and an array of other captivating activities. More information: [email protected] or call 479.696.9280. 

Feb. 11: Say I Do Wedding Expo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Benton County Fairgrounds & Expo, 7640 SW Regional Airport Boulevard, Bentonville. See all the NWA wedding community has to offer, as well as the latest wedding trends. Showcasing wedding venues, formal wear, music, photography, catering, flowers and so much more. Free admission and free parking. Don’t forget to complete the wedding registry for your chance to win a $300 gift certificate. 

Feb. 24: Great NWA Model Train Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Benton County Fairgrounds & Expo, 7640 SW Regional Airport Boulevard, Bentonville. More information: 479.725.4017. 

Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237

Monday, Wednesday & Friday Pickleball, 6-10 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 1-3 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Tuesday yoga 6 p.m. 

Carl Junction Lions Breakfast, 8-11 a.m. The CJ Lions Club sponsors a monthly buffet breakfast with proceeds going to various community organizations and projects. Adults and children 11 and up, $7; children ages 3-10, $3; children under 3 eat free.

Joplin, MO

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 W. Riviera Dr. Your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife. Check out the native plant landscaping, exhibits or hike the trails. Purchase a fishing or hunting permit, attend a nature program or watch for wildlife along the trails and banks of Shoal Creek. Enjoy a variety of free public programs throughout the year. Education Center is open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday and most state holidays. Call 417.629.3434, email [email protected] or visit mdc.mo.gov/events for upcoming events. The parking lot, grounds and trail are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. 

Feb. 3: Bird Walk at Cardinal Valley Wetland, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Registration required. Ages 10-up. Celebrate World Wetland Day by joining MDC staff at Cardinal Valley Wetland to learn about winter waterfowl and the importance of wetlands in Missouri. This is an easy rated walk with flat natural surfaces and is less than one mile round trip. 

Feb. 7 & 8 and Feb. 21 & 22: Project Feeder Watch, Feb. 7 & 8, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Feb. 21 & 22, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. No registration required. Recommended for ages 12-up. A winter-long survey of birds. 

Feb. 10: Short-Eared Owl Hike, 5-6:30 p.m. Registration required. Ages 10-up. Winter in Missouri means short-eared owls may be seen flying low over native grasslands in search of mice, rabbits and other small mammals. Join us at Shawnee Trail Conservation Area to discover more about these uncommon winter residents.   

Feb. 13: Introduction to Fly Tying, 6:30-8 p.m. Registration required. Ages 12-up. Join the Shoal Creek staff and MAKO fly fishers as we continue a fly-tying series designed for beginners and experts. We will go over equipment and supplies needed as we tie Wolly Buggers. 

Feb. 16: Little Acorns – Calling All Owls, 10:30-11 a.m. Registration required. Recommended for ages 3-7. Soaring through the nighttime sky is a feathery predator with a lot to say. Join us for Little Acorns to learn about the owls of Missouri and make a craft to take home. 

Feb. 17: Bat Box Workshop, 1-3:30 p.m. Registration required. Ages 10-up. Bring your family to learn more about being landlords for bats and to put together your own bat roosting box (one box per family). 

Feb. 21: Virtual Program – Where Can I? Crappie Fish, 12-12:30 p.m. Registration required. Ages 12-up. Warmer days are just around the corner and spring fishing will be in full swing. Anytime is a good time to fish for crappie, but when spawning starts, it gets very exciting. We will discuss a crappie’s life and where to fish for them.    

Pittsburg, KS

Jan. 10-March 13: Angel Brame – Re-Purpose, Re-Engineer and Relocate Special Exhibit, Porter Hall on Pittsburg State University Campus, 202 E. Cleveland Ave. More information at Facebook.com/PittStateArtDept.  

Feb. 2 & Feb. 4: “Cinderella” by Pittsburg State University Opera Theatre, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., Feb. 4 at 3 p.m., Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer St. Order tickets: pittstate.edu/office/ticket-office or call 620.235.4796. More information at BicknellCenter.com or Facebook.com/BicknellCenter. 

Feb. 10: Polar Plunge with Special Olympics Kansas Southeast Region, 9 a.m., The Crimson Villas, 1904 S. Rouse St. More information at SOKS.org or Facebook.com/SEKSOKS. 

Feb. 14: NYC’s “STOMP,” Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer St. Watch, listen and be transported as matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with an inventive and invigorating show that’s dance, music and theatrical performance blended in one electrifying rhythm. Order tickets: pittstate.edu/office/ticket-office or call 620.235.4796. More information at BicknellCenter.com or Facebook.com/BicknellCenter. 

Feb. 17: JUMP!, 8 p.m., Kansas Crossing Casino, 1275 US-69. Order tickets: KansasCrossingCasino.com. More information at KansasCrossingCasino.com or Facebook.com/KansasCrossingCasino.com.

Feb. 17: Sausage Making Workshop, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Crawford County Historical Museum, 651 S. US-69. More information at Facebook.com/CrawCoMuseum.  

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond, Missouri, on Highway V, one-quarter mile south on Carver Road. Visitor Center and Park Grounds open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca. *Programs will be presented outside on park grounds.  

Feb. 3 & 4: African American Trailblazers, 1 p.m. Talk with a park ranger and explore contributions made by African American trailblazers and discover their pioneering achievements.  

Feb. 10: Wonders of the Night Sky, 6-8 p.m. Learn about celestial navigation, star stories and the effects of light pollution. 

Feb. 11: Interracial Understanding, 1 p.m. Join a park ranger to discuss George Washington Carver’s rise to fame and his efforts for interracial understanding after his 1921 appearance before the United States House Ways and Means Committee. 

Feb. 15: Coffee with Carver: To Fill the Empty Dinner Pail, 10 a.m. George Washington Carver’s outreach to impoverished families included sharing information about enriching the nutritional value of their meals, thus improving their health, with sweet potatoes and peanuts. Following the ranger talk, participants will make sweet potato flour, starch and mock coconut, plus a milk alternative made from peanuts.  

Feb. 17 & 18: Historic Neosho Schoolhouse, 1 p.m. Stop by the visitor center and learn about the historic 1872 Neosho Colored School and the neighborhood that supported the education of hundreds of African American children.   

Feb. 24 & 25: Film: “Underground Railroad – The William Still Story,” 1 p.m. This Public Broadcasting Service film explores the life of William Still, an unheralded hero of the Underground Railroad. (60 mins.)    

ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165. ArtForms Gallery is a co-op of artists offering monthly workshops ranging from acrylic painting, watercolor, glass fusing, pottery, metalsmithing, jewelry, textiles, kids’ art and more. Please call ArtForms Gallery to register for any artist’s workshop. Refunds/Cancellations: Decisions regarding refunds and cancellations are determined by the artist leading the workshop. For more information, check the Facebook page at ArtFormsGallery620/ or see our website at www.artforms-gallery.com.

Every Tuesday (Feb. 6, 13, 20 & 27): Art Explorations, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Join Gallery Artist Pat Glick every Tuesday afternoon for a fun time working on your own project or art. Bring your materials and create with us for free. 

Feb. 4: Show Your Heart!, 1-3 p.m. Workshop fee $40, due at time of registration. Class limit of 10. Ages 12-up. Artist: Dianne Miller. Immerse yourself in the art of glass fusion, where vibrant colors and your personal touch come together to craft a unique heart masterpiece. 

Feb. 17: Tea Time Collaboration, 1-3 p.m. Workshop fee $40, due at time of registration. Class limit of 6. Ages 8-108 years old. Artist: Sarah Prince. Designer Florals by Rilie will demonstrate how to make your own teacup flower arrangement. Each person will make one and take it home.  

Feb. 18: Upcycled Sweater Hats, 1-3 p.m. Workshop fee $30, due at time of registration. Ages 12-up. Artist: Brenda Hayes. Make your own unique hat, using old sweaters. 

Feb. 24: Cuttlebone Casting, 1-4 p.m. Workshop fee $50, due at time of registration. Class limit of 10. Ages 12-up. Artist: Nicole Meyer-Foresman. Learn to carve and cast into the dried bone of a cuttlefish. The organic layers of this material create beautiful textures and patterns into any design, naturally. 

Feb. 27: Time for the M“ART”Y Party, 2-4 p.m. Workshop fee $40, due at time of registration. Class limit of 10. Ages 12-up. Artist: Debbie Southard. This would be a good class for someone who has not painted before or has never done pouring art before. There will be a Mardi Gras cake to share. Whoever gets the baby wins a prize. 

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Registration is requested. To register, email [email protected] or visit the Facebook page for online registration options. Robin Standridge, executive director, [email protected]. 417.708.7713 or 417.629.3434 X4540.  

February Program List: Wildcat Glades Nature Group. This month, the Wildcat Glades Nature Group, along with other partners, will host a Yoga in Nature event, a Preschool Connections program, our monthly Nature Explorers program, and a special partnership program on Missouri’s invasive plants. We will also continue to work on our Habitat Restoration project along the trails at Wildcat Park.  

Various Dates in February, Ongoing Project: Wildcat Park Habitat Restoration Initiative. Wildcat Glades Nature Group, in partnership with Missouri Southern State University, continues to have work days to remove invasive species at Wildcat Park. The Restoration Plan is an ongoing project that will be carried out over the next 10 years. Workdays are held every other Saturday. If you are interested in becoming involved with the project, you can check out the Facebook page or reach out to [email protected]. 

Every other Saturday at Wildcat Park: KCU Student Trail Workdays. The Kansas City University Students for a Sustainable Future Organization spend every other Saturday at Wildcat Park working on the trails. These future medical professionals work with Wildcat Glades volunteers to remove invasive plant species from the trails, remove graffitti off various surfaces clean up trash and much more. 

Feb. 10: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Free. For ages 4-up accompanied by an adult. Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Must pre-register. Sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page, by visiting https://bit.ly/YogainNature2024 or by emailing [email protected].  

Feb. 10: Nature Explorers: Tracks & Snacks, 1-2 p.m., Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Free. For ages 7-14. Who’s hungry for track identification? At this month’s Nature Explorers, we’ll identify fresh tracks from around the park. After we’ve identified, we’ll eat some snacks and watch footage of the animals leaving the tracks. Must pre-register. Sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page, by visiting https://bit.ly/TrackandSnacks or by emailing [email protected].  

Feb. 14 & 17: Preschool Connections – Tracks. Feb. 14, 10-11 a.m., Feb. 17, 1-2 p.m., Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. For ages 3-7. Sponsored by Calvin Cassady. At this month’s Preschool Connections, we’ll explore the different kinds of tracks found in Wildcat Park and maybe make some of our own. After that, we’ll read a story, sing a song and make a track-tastic craft that’s sure to leave an impression. Must pre-register by visiting https://bit.ly/PreschoolConnectionsFeb24 or by emailing [email protected]. 

Feb. 24: Stopping the Invasion – Invasive Plant Species in Missouri, 10 a.m.-Noon, Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Free. For ages 13-up. There’s something lurking in your backyard. Invasive species have taken root in Missouri, and it’s time to fight back. Join us as we learn to find, identify and destroy the invasive species growing all around us with esteemed Ecological Restorationist Dr. Jason Willand. Must pre-register by visiting https://bit.ly/WildcatInvasives or by emailing [email protected].  

 

 

 Cultural Events

This content is also available at connect2culture.org/calendar.

Joplin, MO

Performances: 

Jan. 31-Feb. 5: “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike,” 7:30 p.m. (Sunday 2:30 p.m.), Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. This comedy revolves around middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia, who share a home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. For mature audiences only. Reservations encouraged; reserve your ticket at joplinlittletheatre.org or by calling 417.623.3638. Tickets: Adults $18, senior citizens/students $15. More information: [email protected], 417.623.3638.

Feb. 1: Apollon Musagéte Quartet, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. Acclaimed Polish ensemble makes its Pro Musica debut. More information: [email protected], 417.625.1822.

Feb. 4: Letters Aloud: “Thanks, But No Thanks – The Greatest Rejection Letters Ever!,” 2 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. Connects live audiences to famous (and infamous) historical figures through their intimate correspondence. Tickets: connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550, C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex (Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m.). Tickets: $30-$35. More information: [email protected], 417.501.5550.

Feb. 10: “Be My Broadway Valentine,” 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. Eighth Biennial Valentine Concert! Reservations encouraged; reserve your ticket at joplinlittletheatre.org or by calling 417.623.3638. Tickets: $14. More information: [email protected], 417.623.3638.

Feb. 10: Charles McPherson Quintet, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. An alto saxophonist born in Joplin and raised in Detroit, Charles McPherson’s natural talent and profound work has taken him to concert venues, festivals, orchestras and jazz halls across the globe. Tickets: connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550, C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex (Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m.). Tickets: $30-$35. More information: [email protected], 417.501.5550.

Feb. 15-18 & 22-25: “Peter Pan and Wendy,” 7 p.m. (Sunday 2:30 p.m.), Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. A loopy, fun and fast-moving adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s original novel! Tickets can be purchased at sgtjoplin.square.site. Tickets: Adults $12, children (ages 4-14) $5, children ages 3 and under admitted for free. More information: [email protected].

Feb. 16: Joplin Improv Live Show, 8 p.m., Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Enjoy happy hour at 7 p.m. Stick around for a free improvised comedy show. More information: [email protected].

Feb. 17: American Patchwork Quartet, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. American Patchwork Quartet is on a mission to reclaim the immigrant soul of American roots music. Tickets: connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550 or C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex (Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m.). Tickets: $30-$35. More information: [email protected], 417.501.5550.

Feb. 22: Concert Band Winter Concert: Fracas, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Missouri Southern State University Taylor Performing Arts Center, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Under the direction of Dr. Brandon Robinson, the MSSU Concert Band performs its first concert of the semester. More information: [email protected], 417.625.3002.

Feb. 25: Lightwire Theater: “The Ugly Duckling,” 2 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. The classic tale of “The Ugly Duckling” in a brilliant, new light! Tickets: connect2culture.org, 417.501.5550 or C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex (Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m.). Tickets: Adults $15, children (ages 3-17) free. More information: [email protected], 417.501.5550. 

Feb. 27: Eddie 9V House Concert (ages 18+), 7 p.m., The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. This old-soul artist turned away from the path of college and jobs to burst onto the blues club circuit of his native Atlanta, Georgia. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $35. For reservations, email [email protected]. In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent in return. All proceeds benefit the artist performing. More information: [email protected].

Feb. 29-March 2: “The Great Gatsby,” 7:30 p.m. (Saturday 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.), Missouri Southern State University Bud Walton Black Box Theatre, 3950 E. Newman Rd. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, and in Simon Levy’s adaptation. Tickets available at showtix4u.com/event-details/76665. Tickets: General admission $10, seniors/students/military $8, MSSU faculty/staff $6, children (ages 3-10) $4. More information: [email protected], 417.625.3002.

Events:

Feb. 1: Winter Family Book Night, 5:30-7 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Enjoy a cozy evening of reading, making crafts and eating snacks. More information: [email protected], 417.623.2184.

Feb. 3: Saturday STEAM Club (ages 5-12), 1-2 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Explore high- and low-tech STEAM activities in this hands-on, child-led program. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. More information: [email protected], 417.623.2184.

Feb. 4, 11, 18 & 25: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 p.m., Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave. Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 p.m. 21+ from 10 p.m. until close. More information: [email protected], 417.540.9186.

Feb. 5 & 6: “All Quiet on the Western Front” Auditions, 7 p.m., Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. Chronicles Paul Baumer’s observations of life and death in the mud of the trenches and the impossibility of returning to civilian life after living in hell. For mature audiences only. Performance runs March 20-24. More information: [email protected], 417.623.3638.

Feb. 5 & 12: League of Books and Bindings Chapter Book Club (ages 8-12), 4:15–5:15 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Hands-on book club discusses and explores “Mac B., Kid Spy!” Registration preferred; register by calling 417.623.7953 or emailing [email protected]. More information: [email protected], 417.623.2184.

Feb. 6: Rock Club, 5:30 p.m., Joplin History & Mineral Museum, 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Club members listen to presentations on various rock-related topics, show off their favorite finds during a show-and-tell portion, help plan upcoming rock shows and enter to win a door prize. More information: [email protected], 417.623.1180 X1586.

Feb. 6: Tuesday Knight Chess (ages 11-18), 6-7:30 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Designed for teens in grades 6-12 with basic knowledge of and experience playing chess. More information: [email protected], 417.623.7953 X1027.

Feb. 6: Chat & Craft (ages 18+), 6-8 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Whether you crochet, knit, stitch, draw or paint, bring along your current project and chat with others. More information: [email protected], 417.623.7953 X1030.

Feb. 7: Adult Take-Home Kit (ages 18+), Noon-3 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Kits can be picked up in the Reference Area and are available on a first-come, first-served basis from Noon to 3 p.m., or while supplies last. More information: [email protected], 417.623.7953 X1030.

Feb. 8: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Includes a wide variety of writers, from hobbyists to professional, published writers. Dues are $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. More information: [email protected], 417.691.0480.

Feb. 19: Downtown Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 6-8 p.m., Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Featured reader, Hannah Dow, begins at 6:15 p.m. Open mic readings follow at 7 p.m. More information: [email protected].

Feb. 22: Anime/Manga Hang Out for Grown-Ups (ages 18+), 6-7:30 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Watch anime and hang out with people with similar interests! More information: [email protected], 417.623.7953 X1030.

Feb. 24: Lego Build-a-Thon (ages 4-12), 1-2 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Collaborate, build and explore your creative side. More information: [email protected], 417.623.2184.

Feb. 27: Dog Day Afternoon (ages 6-12), 4-5 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Independent readers practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Register in-person or by calling 417.623.7953. More information: [email protected], 417.623.2184.

Feb. 29: Open Mic Night, 7-9:30 p.m. Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Performers are allotted five to eight minutes per set. Two vocal mics, a quarter inch plug-in for guitar/piano and an aux cable will be available. To sign up early, message at Facebook.com/joplinavecoffeeco. More information: [email protected], 417.483.5558.

Exhibits:

Jan. 13-March 2: “Pulped Under Pressure: The Art of Handmade Paper,” Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. These works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge acknowledgement of some of the most pressing issues facing civilization today. More information: [email protected], 417.621.9814.

Jan. 13-March 2: “Those Who Can, Teach: The Work of Art Educators,” Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. This is an invitational exhibit for area art educators to display their own professional works. More information: [email protected], 417.621.9814.

Jan. 17-March 4: “The Third Grade Collaboration,” Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. This year, students are creating a continuous public installation in the Jo Mueller Reserve Gallery in response to the exhibit Pulped Under Pressure: The Art of Handmade Paper. More information: [email protected], 417.621.9814.

Jan. 18-Feb. 29: “Surrealism” by Joplin High School Students, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Students from Joplin High School’s drawing and painting classes created surrealist pieces as their capstone project for the close of the semester. More information: [email protected], 417.623.7953 X1041.

Classes:

Feb. 4, 18 & 25: Introduction to Improv – Foundations 1.0 (ages 17+), 5:30-7 p.m., Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Teaches the basics of improv, starting with the fundamentals and adding to skills along the way. Registration required; register at joplin-improv.square.site. Cost: $15 per class; $75 for all six classes. More information: [email protected].

Feb. 13: Yoga Class (ages 18+), 6-7 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. This class is open to any experience level. A few yoga mats will be available, but attendees should bring a yoga mat, towel or small blanket to practice on. More information: [email protected], 417.623.7953 X1030.

Recurring Classes:

Create N Sip Studios, 1505 W. 10th St.: 

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. Combines the best of both worlds with canvas and home decor DIY event! Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$58. More information: [email protected], 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 a.m. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. More information: [email protected], 417.680.5434.

Elements Art Gallery and Studio, 2207 W. 7th St., Ste. 8:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Art Buffet, 1-4:30 p.m. Create with others and receive assistance from professional artists. Cost: $5 with your supplies, $15 with provided acrylic and watercolor supplies. More information: [email protected], 417.691.8285.

Firehouse Pottery-Joplin, 112 S. Main St.:

Tuesdays: Ladies’ Night Out (ages 18+), until 8 p.m. Gather your girls and enjoy a creative evening. More information: [email protected], 417.553.0671.

Fridays: Date Night, until 8 p.m. Friday nights are date night 2-for-1 studio fees until 8 p.m. for all couples. More information: [email protected], 417.553.0671.

Judy’s Ballroom Dance, 3950 E. Newman Rd.:

Tuesdays: Foxtrot with Judy Schneider, 6-7 p.m. Begin learning ballroom dance with the foxtrot. This group meets on Tuesdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13. Cost: $75 per person; $50 for students. More information: [email protected], 417.392.0215.

Fridays: Bachata with Patricia & Ricardo Luna, 6:30-8 p.m. Learn the Bachata dance, a beautiful, easy Latin dance from the Dominican Republic. This group meets on Fridays, Jan. 12-Feb. 16. Cost: $75 per person; $50 for students. More information: [email protected], 417.392.0215.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St.: 

Tuesdays: Beginner Watercolor Class with Barb Hicklin (ages 8+), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Informative and fun watercolor class for beginners. Registration required; register by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20. More information: [email protected], 417.553-0835.

Tuesdays: Tuesday Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 p.m. Weekly drop-in painting class for adults. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Cost: $20. More information: [email protected].

Wednesdays: Wednesday Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 p.m. Weekly drop-in painting class for adults. Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Cost: $20. More information: [email protected].

Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St.:

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 4-5:15 p.m. Register your child today to explore the galleries, enjoy fun activities and experiment with a variety of media, including painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and more. Register at spivaarts.org/classes. Cost: In advance $6, at the door $8. More information: [email protected], 417.621.9812.

Fridays: Memories in the Making, Noon-2 p.m. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No registration required. More information: [email protected], 417.621.9812.

Tanglefooter’s Round Dance Club, 1802 W. 2nd St.:

Mondays: Tanglefooter’s Round Dance Club, 7-8 p.m. Beginner- and intermediate-level ballroom dancing. Ages 14 through adult welcome. Cost: Individual $7.50, couple $15. More information: [email protected], 417.529.0686.

Monett, MO

Feb. 25: Hello Youth Talent!, 3 p.m., Monett High School Performing Arts Center, 1 David Sippy Dr. A special concert presented by the Ozark Festival Orchestra (OFO), a community orchestra comprised of musicians from Southwest Missouri, featuring the winners of the OFO’s annual Young Artist Concerto Competition. Tickets: Adults $10, seniors $5, students (ages 18 and under) admitted free. More information: [email protected], 417.849.6865.

Neosho, MO 

Feb. 3: ArtCon 2024, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Neosho Junior High, 14646 Kodiak Rd. Features free Q&A panels, autographs and photo ops, cosplay contest, Smash Brothers tournament, board games, specialty vendors, artist alley, appearance by actor Isaac Singleton, comic creators and more. For more details or tickets, visit neoshoarts.net. General admission: $5, kids ages five and under free. More information: [email protected].

 

 Health Events

 Parsons, KS

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every Day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Feb. 28: Grief Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., Hospice Compassus, 2216 E. 32nd St., Ste. 201. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System 

Joplin, MO

All events are free and open to the public, unless noted; support group meetings are cancelled on days Joplin R-VIII Schools close due to inclement weather.

Feb. 6: Espresso Yourself Breast Cancer Support Group, 5-6 p.m., Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Come and enjoy a coffee courtesy of Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute. Our monthly breast cancer support group enables members to share, gain helpful information and useful tips, as well as form new friendships. Enjoy listening to a special guest from time to time. RSVP to Marcella Sowell at 417.347.2662. 

Feb. 7: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 p.m., Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Kelley Wheeler at 417.347.4000 for more information. 

Feb. 9: Galentine’s Day Sip & Shop, 4-8 p.m., The Roxy Event Center, 102 S. Joplin Ave. Join the Freeman Development Office for this special event in support of the Freeman Helping Friends Mammogram Fund, which provides mammogram screenings for local women in need. Evening includes shopping while enjoying delicious libations from area food and beverage partners. For more information about tickets to this event, please call 417.347.4624. Tickets also sold at the door.  

Feb. 20: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call Janice Drake at 417.347.1266. 

Feb. 20: Ozark Center Daytime Autism Support Group, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Call 417.347.7850 for more information. 

National Adult Literacy Action, 123 S. Main St., Joplin – For information on NALA, call 417.782.2646, email [email protected] or visit www.joplinnala.org.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday & Friday: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nevada, MO

Feb. 3: Birth and Beyond Class, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meets at the NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room.  This class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester. Includes a tour of the NRMC OB when available. $15 registration fee. Fee may be waived if cost is prohibitive. Register at 417.448.3710.     

Feb. 27: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Kern Senior Center. Free health screenings are offered every fourth Tuesday of the month to residents of Rich Hill. 

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit www.integrisok.com/baptist-regional-health-center-Miami-ok.

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 a.m. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 a.m.

Feb. 6: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 a.m., Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391. 

Feb. 13 & 27: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 p.m., Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

 

Crisis Text Line Text 741741 

Free 24/7 support for those in crisis to
create a plan to stay safe and healthy.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 has been designated as the
new three-digit dialing code.

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org